Oasis & Romeo

Heads Up Entrepreneur – Life’s Not Fair

Once upon a time there way a six-year-old girl taking a walk with her best friend, a black, toy poodle named “Noodles”.  Noodles looked a little like this:

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Photo Credit:  Wikipedia

To make a horrible story short, a Doberman became loose and attacked my bff and that was it for noodles. Here’s a cute picture of a Doberman – no hard feelings.

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Photo Credit dog-obedience-training-review.com

I was hysterical but I remember my life changed at that moment.  I’ve had several in my life that have really formed me into becoming an entrepreneur.

Anyway, my father stood before me as I cried, kneeled before me and said “It’s time you learn a really important lesson in life, Tara.”

I continued sniffily probably just wanting a hug.

My dad took me by the shoulders and said, “Life isn’t fair.”

There was an echo in my little ears.  The memories of events passed before me again and I understood. Straight I stood with my shoulders back and head up.  My future wasn’t going to be fair and to expect it was to live a life of ignorant regret.

Therefore I move forward with all passion, integrity and compassion possible looking forward to what loops life throws at me.

How does this apply to being an entrepreneur?  I have loved my businesses with everything in me. To make it good, it takes time to nurture and care for it much like having a child.  My customers and users become so close because I know them that well.  I want to.   It’s my responsibility.

However, I’ve also seen death in business.  Death of a dream.  Watched a site come down or doors close for the last time.   

There was an echo in my ears.  The memories of events passed before me again and I understood.  Straight I stood with my shoulders back and head up.  My future isn’t fair and I live a life of daring awareness.    ARE YOU?  LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW!

POPULAR QUOTES

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill

“Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existance.”
― Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
― H.G. Wells

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You can check out my new podcasts DIRT! Adventures of a Start-Up https://www.facebook.com/tarahusband/app_soundcloud (2-3 minutes each – super fast)

Looking Forward!

Tara Husband

P.S. I’m happy and things are going great with my new healthcare start-up DrugPlug.

P.S.S. The picture on the very top is of Oasis, my daughter and our Yorkie Romeo!

Miley Cyrus, Embedded Facebook Posts & Brand Scandal Repair

MILEY CYRUS gave a doltish performance that has kept people buzzing — on Sunday, August 25th at MTV’s ANNUAL MUSIC AWARDS.  If 20-year-old Miley would have at least danced (I only saw a clip) I could have taken it more seriously.  I did like the bears. 🙂

The only reason I bring the event up is I went to her Facebook page when I was looking for a Facebook post to EMBED.  And since people were talking about her everywhere I went today and all over the net I thought the page might be useful.

WHAT ARE FACEBOOK EMBEDDED POSTS?

FACEBOOK EMBEDDED POSTS are a way to put public FB posts – by a Page or a person on Facebook – into the content of your web site or web page.   The post below is from MILEY CYRUS’s FB Page.

 

3 STEPS TO EMBEDDING A POST INTO A WORDPRESS SITE

  1. Check out what an embedded post looks like on MASHABLE.  The show a picture of NIKE.
  2. Check out the HOW TO steps on the FACEBOOK DEVELOPERS SITE.  They do a great job walking you through the steps.
  3. However, when I tried to embed the code into my wordpress site IT DID NOT WORK!!!  I needed to install a simple PLUGIN called XYZ HTML.  I dropped the code in their box and it shows up on the top bar under “Add Media.

REBRANDING MILEY (for humor – I hope some of you catch)  

The mama bear in me was coming out and looking to fix Miss Montana’s crazy-night into something with tasteful-edge.

Miley Cyrus FOODTRUCKS

BANGERZ…add the MASH & FOODTRUCK — a whole new vibe!!!  REBRANDED

One last embeddable link I found on Miley’s Page to wrap it up!  She could even be going into the Bangers & Mash Food Truck Business with RICHARD SIMMONS. ha

 

Today’s post is all in good fun as we learn about Facebooks Embedded Posts.  As I learned from Pinterest, Flickr and Spreecast, I will do it sparingly.  I prefer to host most of my own content and pictures.

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Tara Husband

P.S.  My beautiful cousins and friend’s kids are all taking what they call “ugly pretty” shots of their faces distorted on instagram.  #miley’s-tongue-thing

 

 

 

8 Lessons From Start-Up Boston

I’m in Boston with my hubby and daughter. While he works and she discovers the historical moments of the streets in this Grand city, I was able to attend Start-Up Boston at WorkBar, Cambridge area.

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First, you should note Boston and I did not fit like a glove. My family and I don’t own kacki pants. My hair frizzes plus I kept forgetting an umbrella only to be caught in storms in what projected to be a sun shiny day.

KHAKI PANTS


Fortunately, I was able to connect with a large group of entrepreneurs at a Start-Up Weekend, July 26, 2013. There was probably 150 people. It cost $100 and there were categories for programmers, business developers and graphics/UI.

Here’s a quick “How did it work?”

  • First you pitch for one minute.
  • Then you create a poster in one minute (see below)
  • Finally, you collect post it notes from people wanting to join your team.
  • I had a lot of post it notes but didn’t realize I was supposed to hold on to the team members.
  • The teams that had at least three people which included a programmer were ready to begin.
  • Food was provided.  There was not alcohol but some people brought it in.  Many people dropped out.
  • Know the rules of the game.  #StartupWeekend

 

The List of 8 Lessons I learned by attending StartUp Weekend in Boston.

1. Plan Ahead
Come as a team if you can with a programmer, business developer and designer/UI. We needed 3 people to be a team. It appeared the largest team won. They had 7 or 8 people on a team.

2. Everyone Wins

If you are the entrepreneur pitching, remember the BIG WIN comes in what the team develops over the weekend. It looked like people were upset because they didn’t place, however, platforms were being created with code and UI. It was amazing! Some easily had developed $20,000 projects over the weekend.

 

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Our Team of 4 (one member didn’t want a photo and I was taking the shot)


3. Team Building

I saw some groups having team-building exercises. They had a yoga class there were Starbucks perks for early birds.  People seemed to like it.  I’m not sure I would have but who knows.

4. Listen to Your Advisers

The advisers were amazing! Do more listening and less talking. If they think you should go in a direction and they will help you by making connections and introductions – Do It! It was crazy the “They just don’t get it” mentality of entrepreneurs. I heard it around the room.  We can always go back to square one but shifting with new, smart people helping you is a good thing.


5. Be Loud

Be confident, aggressive and somewhat loud when you speak. It’s loud in the room and I noticed the people being listened to were speaking very loud. I had to practice speaking up and then I was heard.

6. Socialize

It’s acceptable to ask “What project are you working on?” “How’s the project going?” And share helpful information such as The group’s facebook page, a new platform that might work or a current group tweets.

7. Contact List

Make sure to get everyone’s names, email addresses and phone numbers on your team. This may seam obvious but there was a deep sense of commitment and bonding thru the process and then everyone disperses. The End.

8. Buy the Book

There’s a book called StartUp Weekend! Check it out before our upcoming  ***Startup Weekend in West Palm Beach, Fl.***

My favorite part was being involved in the process. High energy, exciting and a room full of passion. On SharkTank I have it down on who is going to “Win!” However, at these events, I’m always kept guessing.

The winning team was a new entrepreneur that seemed to focus more on the PowerPoint and business model. It was a mix your own granola online and Step 2 was turning that into a vending machine company. I had bought and carried my own mixed granola from Whole Foods the entire weekend so I didn’t think it was going to fly but it took first!


Looking Forward,

Tara Husband

For details on my drugplug project CLICK HERE

Tara Husband
– Posted from my iPhone

Location:State St,Boston,United States

What I Wish I had Known Before my First Pitch

You may have heard I’ve created a startup called DrugPlug. “Plug in the name of your drug and pull from live social media conversations.”   Three companies were picked by MIT of South Florida and Miami Innovation Fund last week out of 70 business plans and DrugPlug was one of them to pitch for a $31,000 term sheet.

The three companies picked out of 70+ that pitched tonight at Citrix for MIT and Miami Innovation Fund at #Geektank.  I pitched my social pharma company called @drugplug.

I pitched. Did not win. However, it sure has created buzz, private meetings and huge support from my friends and family. (Thank you).

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I may be a serial entrepreneur but here’s a list of what I wish I had known before my first pitch.  Creating a tech Start-up has changed.

1.) Learn to VC Speak, Present & Think

One thing I have going for me is I’m not afraid to speak in public.  I was in Toastmasters (a Professional Speaking Group) at the age of 16 and just grew up without that fear.  However, my friend said I now need to learn how to “VC speak” or Venture Capital Speak.  The following link really helps from a ‘power point pitch’ to ‘how to think about the project’.

entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness

2.) Go from Crazy to Brilliant

Teaching Video Series for Startups from Stanford University

So much of a start-up is in the entrepreneur’s head.  It all makes sense.  It’s tucked away neatly where the entrepreneur pounds away working hard making for the vision to come forth.  I think there is a small bridge from crazy to brilliant.  From broke to success.  The following video series from Stanford University is a niche MBA treasure just for start-ups.  It’s free.

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3.) “They Just Didn’t Get It”

After finishing a pitch,  march up after the pitch to the investors and ask “What could I have done better.”  When I did it, I was confused.  All the investors were kind.  I expected “Shark Tank.”     After reading about what’s in the mind of VC, some don’t want to sound like a jerk or be bad mouthed on social media.  I really appreciated the opportunity and everyone involved was professional.  I understand one really needs to be able to take all the critique.  It’s how the product becomes better.

What Investors Won’t Tell You

4.)  Are You and Your Start-up Ready for an Accelerator?  Learn the terms.

I pitched for an Y-combinator – type Accelerator at Citrix.  I bet 95% of you are going “What is that?”  I tell you it is a new language for me too.  There’s term sheets you pre-agree to.  20 – plus people become your new business partners that you don’t really know.  Some accelerators you go to every day being mentored and then you pitch your creation at the end.

tech.co/tips-for-startup-accelerators

New Accelerator in Palm Beach County, FL

There’s a new accelerator launching in Palm Beach County at Caffeine Spaces. I went to the event last night to see what was up. Some of my friends I have known for several years are involved.  I’m still working out the  details. I believe there are five spots so I will let you know where to apply and post the press release when it comes out.

Here’s a quote from Demi Pietchell a colleague and friend.

Mixed Media Fusion and Proforma IT are excited for the opportunity to work with new startups and entrepreneurs to help them hone their business plans, pitches and strategies before they go for funding. The new BizFreaks startup accelerator at Caffeine Spaces is an inspiring and well needed addition to our entrepreneurial community at a crucial time when ecosystem nurturing is so important. It’s an exciting time for new businesses in Palm Beach County and we are all hopeful that this experiment will lead to the birth of many innovative new companies in our area.

All the best,

Tara Husband

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Twitter @drugplug.com

 

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Interview with 17-year-old Jared Kleinert as featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and TechCrunch

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Jared Kleinert

Let me start at the beginning from when I first heard the name ‘Jared Kleinert’. I remember because it was just before the TEDxDelrayBeach event and there was buzz around the name Jared Kleinert.  My friends were posting on Facebook, twitter and the I received my first PM (private message) saying “Jared Kleinert is here at Caffeine Spaces.”

A couple weeks later we finally had a chance to meet Jared and take him out for organic hot dogs. My take-a-way?  Jared is fearless, wise and humble.  Someone you want to work with and have on your ping pong table at work.  Great energy.  Hard worker.  WATCH!!!

 

Jared is working this summer in San Francisco.  Starting at the age of 15, Jared has already owned two companies.  NowIGetIt and Synergi.st.   He is also working on a book called 2 Billion Under 20 so watch out for that!   Jared is also the curator for the Boca Startup Digest has spoken at events in Miami, and is now a blogger for Tech Cocktail.

It didn’t take long to understand “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – for me too.  Pretty soon, Jared was another entrepreneur in the room that had a voice.  Age was soon forgotten.

For more information on Jared go to:

Forbes:  These Teens are the definition of Social Entrepreneur:  Watch and be Inspired

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jaredkleinert

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaredkleinert

All the best,

Tara Husband